Allen Ginsberg lecture on expansive poetics, focusing on the influences of Walt Whitman. He discusses Surrealism, Albert Einstein, Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Paul Klebnikov, Christopher Smart, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane and Edgar Allen Poe. Ginsberg reads Lorca's "Ode to Salvador Dali," Whitman's "Reversals," "Respondez" and "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," Klebnikov's "Menagerie," Smart's "Rejoice of the lamb," and Crane's "The river."
December 2, 2004 Subject:
Lots of good readings, not much commentary
I've always been amazed that Ginsberg was able to absorb and applaud almost any school of poetic thought. He was able to claim it all as lineage and rarely tried to define himself *against* any movement. His relationship to surrealism is fraught with possibile theoretical incompatability but he chugs along and eats it whole anyway. This class is full of good readings of others' poems but I wish someone could have been a party pooper and asked him some questions about Surrealist's political infighting or its tendency towards drunken dumbshow nonsense. But the real gist of the class isn't Surrealism but poetic reactions to Whitman.
0:00: "Long line of Whitman combined with mindjumps of post-Einsteinian surrealism"
4:00 "Ode to Salvador Dali" by Lorca
10:45: "Reversals" by Whitman
12:52: "Respondez" by Whitman
22:30: "Menagerie" by Klebnikov
33:00: "Commissions" by Pound?
36:45: "A Pact" by Pound
38:50: Discusses the interesting problem of the change of spoken rhythm and the death of iambic pentameter.
46:00: Discusses Marianne Moore's/Rexroth's/WC Williams syllable count thing (see "Some different Considerations in Mindful Arrangement of Open Verse Forms on the Page" Deliberate Prose, p.260)
54:48: He mentions the above essay
55:30: Begins Hart Crane Discussion
58:10: "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" read by student
1:06:40: "CBF" ends
1:08:40: "The River"- wow it sounds like a G poem.
1:13:38: Mississippi River Description
1:17:40: Address to Walt Whitman
1:19:07: Description of Machine Age
1:20:53: Cape Hatteras? "Back to Whitman"
1:28ish: A poem on Poe?